One of the key benefits of VMware vSphere is of course vCenter Server, which allows the management of small to enterprise virtualised environments from a single console. I find that if a product can be used without immediately refering to the manual, it’s passed the ‘Apple’ test and vCenter passes that test.
vCenter of course allows a range of VMware and 3rd plug-ins to be installed, so that VMware adminstrators can perform further tasks without leaving their ‘single pane of glass’.
IBM has produced a number of plug-ins for our server, storage and backup products but knowing they exist, or finding them can be a little difficult. So I’ve compiled a list below of these plug-ins, along with links with with further information (and directly download links where available). These plug-ins will continue to be updated over time, so check ibm.com for any updates.
These plug-ins allow the VMware administrator to have better visability to the underlying storage. For instance the Storage Management Console for vCenter allows delegation of some storage tasks within vCenter.
- IBM Storage Management Console for vCenter v2.6 (for IBM XIV, SVC, v7000). Further details here and here
- IBM System Storage N Series Virtual Storage Console v2.1.1 for VMware vSphere (IBM N Series). Further details here and here
- VMware vCenter Plug-In v2.3 for IBM System Storage with vSphere 5.0 Support (DS3000, DS4000 and DS5000). Further details here
IBM’s System x plug-in, IBM Upward Integration for VMware vSphere v1.0 (IBM System x) provides four key functions:
- Hardware Diagnostics
- Dynamic System Analysis
- Update Xpress System Package Installer
- Power Metrics
Backup and Recovery
The Data Protection for VMware vCenter plug-in allows controlling a range of backup, restore and reporting operations directly from vCenter.
- IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments. Data Protection for VMware vCenter plug-in. Further details here